Welcome to our roundup series where we will hit on several gear news and rumor topics each day. This gives you a chance to get caught up on all of the day’s news and rumors in one place. Make sure to check back daily for the latest gear news, rumors, and announcements.
Sigma MC-11 Adapter Is More Advanced Than We Thought
When Sigma’s MC-11 was initially announced, we were under the impression that it was ‘just another EF-E’ lens adapter. But as more information is coming out, we are seeing that it is actually a bit more than that.
It also appears that my question regarding if it would be compatible with all EF lenses or just Sigma glass has been answered. You see, unlike a traditional lens adapter, which takes Sony signals and converts them to EF signals (and vice versa), this Sigma adapter actually overrides the firmware in that Sigma lens (while it’s attached to the converter) and allows it to ‘speak’ with the Sony camera directly.
So, to keep up my language analogy, while a Metabones adapter (for example) acts as a translator between a Canon lens and the camera, this new Sigma adapter actually teaches (temporarily) the Sigma lens the new language. As we all know, it’s much easier to communicate with your own tongue than through a translator, and this is the concept that Sigma hopes will allow for better-converted lens performance on Sony cameras.
I am even more excited to get my hands on this adapter now, given that we know it’s something unique. The below test footage looks like the performance is ok, you can see it having some issues in a few spots, but we don’t know what camera it is on or what lens. I will hold off judgment until I can get it into my own hands to test.
The MC-11 adapter is expected to begin shipping in April, as per the B&H website. If you are interested in pre-ordering one, you can do so here.
New Pentax 2016 Lens Roadmap for K Mount and 645
I am a big fan of the lens roadmaps that companies have started putting together in recent years. It is really nice knowing what is coming so that you can plan for upgrading or expanding your kit ahead of an announcement.
Over at CP+ in Japan, Ricoh announced their updated Pentax lens roadmaps for the K mount and 645 lens systems.
I am looking forward to getting a chance to give the new Pentax K-1 a try. It looks like it could be a killer option for full frame shooters who have some nostalgia from the Pentax name.
The K-1 is expected to begin shipping towards the end of April, but those who want one should consider putting in a pre-order ahead of time. If you are interested, you can do so here.
Favorite SD Cards for Video
Caleb from DSLR Video Shooter has put together a quick video sharing his favorite SD cards for recording video. I always enjoy these sort of videos, regardless of if I agree or use the same products; it’s interesting for me to see what others are using.
Personally, I am really happy with my 128GB Lexar cards. Plenty of room for video and stills, fast enough for 4K recording. They are rather spendy, though, and I fully admit 128GB is a little excessive.
What are your favorite SD cards for stills and video? Leave a comment below!